Oak bark mainly contains tannins, which give it an astringent, restorative and bitter taste. At the same time, it has a complex effect on human health: it soothes catarrh of the stomach and intestines and relieves diarrhea. Oak bark has a disinfecting effect on throat infections and reduces discomfort associated with superficial burns and frostbite. It is used to eliminate excessive sweating, as it has a decongestant effect not only on the mucous membranes, but also on the sweat glands of the skin. When applied externally, it helps in the treatment of acne.
Traditionally, decoctions and infusions are prepared from oak bark, which can be used for drinking, washing skin or hair rinses. On the other hand, a bath with the addition of oak bark is an excellent remedy for problems with sweating, as well as for excessive secretion of sebum in hard-to-reach places, for example, on the back.
People who struggle with hemorrhoids are recommended to take a bath with oak bark added – it is important that the water is not too cold and not too hot. After all, it relieves pain and prevents bleeding. As you can see, oak bark is very versatile. It is also worth adding that as a base for hair rinses, it not only reduces hair oiliness, fights dandruff, but also saturates color and soothes the scalp.